Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Wine Vaults

Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Wine Vaults

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We're planning to go seriously upmarket with our briefer offers this year, with each merchant tasked to rootle out exceptional wines that you cannot find elsewhere. This first offer is a cracker. The 2005 Bordeaux vintage was a remarkable one - so sought-after that much has vanished from the market. But Private Cellar has kept two special parcels for our readers. These wines aren't available anywhere else, even on Private Cellar's list. Once they're gone, they're gone.

The first is (1) 2005 Ch. Tour Baladoz, a St Emilion Grand Cru and neighbour to the fabled chateaux of Troplong-Mondot and Le Tertre Roteboeuf. It's disarmingly approachable and utterly sublime with masses of soft Merlot fruit, a sturdy backbone and hints of classic cigar box. A steal at £26.60 a bottle (down from £29).

The 2005 Ch. Capbern Gasqueton (2) is equally stylish, albeit more deep-down-anddirty and robust as befits St Estephe. The viticultural and winemaking teams of sister property Ch. Calon Segur, produced it and there is something of Calon's elan here. A bargain at £18.20 (10 per cent off).

From Burgundy, we grabbed some biodynamic, old vine 2009 Gevrey Chambertin, Domaine Rossignol-Trapet (3). …

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